Favorite Movies By Year

Inspired by a friend. And woah, a lot of white men here. The only female directors are the Wachowski sisters, and there’s only a handful of POC. I anticipate this will get better as I age.

Will keep this updated.

YearMovieDirector
1938The Lady VanishesAlfred Hitchcock
1939The Wizard of OzVictor Fleming
1941Citizen KaneOrson Welles
1946It’s A Wonderful LifeFrank Capra
1948RopeAlfred Hitchcock
1949Kind Hearts and CoronetsRobert Hamer
1950RashomonAkira Kurosawa
1952Singin’ in the RainGene Kelly, Stanley Donen
1954The Seven SamuraiAkira Kurosawa
195712 Angry MenSidney Lumet
1961Judgment at NuremburgStanley Kramer
1962To Kill A MockingbirdRobert Mulligan
1963The BirdsAlfred Hitchcock
1964Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the BombStanley Kubrick
1965The Sound of MusicRobert Wise
1966How the Grinch Stole Christmas!Chuck Jones, Ben Washam
1967The GraduateMike Nichols
1968Oliver!Carol Reed
1969Midnight CowboyJohn Schlesinger
1971Brian’s SongBuzz Kulik
1972The GodfatherFrancis Ford Coppola
1973The StingGeorge Roy Hill
1974Young FrankensteinMel Brooks
1975One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s NestMilos Forman
1976The Bad News BearsMichael Ritchie
1977Star WarsGeorge Lucas
1979AlienRidley Scott
1980The Empire Strikes BackIrvin Kershner
1981Raiders of the Lost ArkSteven Spielberg
1982Blade RunnerRidley Scott
1983Return of the JediRichard Marquand
1984This is Spinal TapRob Reiner
1985Back to the FutureRobert Zemeckis
1986Star Trek IV: The Voyage HomeLeonard Nimoy
1987The Princess BrideRob Reiner
1988Rain ManBarry Levinson
1989Indiana Jones and the Last CrusadeSteven Spielberg
1990MiseryRob Reiner
1991The Silence of the LambsJonathan Demme
1992A Few Good MenRob Reiner
1993Groundhog DayHarold Ramis
1994Pulp FictionQuentin Tarantino
199512 MonkeysTerry Gilliam
1996Sling BladeBilly Bob Thornton
1997The EdgeLee Tamahori
1998RushmoreWes Anderson
1999The MatrixLana Wachowski, Lilly Wachowski
2000Cast AwayRobert Zemeckis
2001Mulholland DriveDavid Lynch
2002InsomniaChristopher Nolan
2003Kill Bill: Volume 1Quentin Tarantino
2004Shaun of the DeadEdgar Wright
2005Batman BeginsChristopher Nolan
2006The Lives of OthersFlorian Henckel von Donnersmarck
2007[Rec]Jaume Balagueró
2008WALL-EAndrew Stanton
2009(500) Days of SummerMarc Webb
2010Toy Story 3Lee Unkrich
2011The MuppetsJames Bobin
2012LooperRian Johnson
2013HerSpike Jonze
2014Edge of TomorrowDoug Liman
2015Inside OutPete Doctor, Ronaldo Del Carmen
2016LionGarth Davis
2017Get OutJordan Peele
2018Spider-Man: Into the Spider-VerseRodney Rothman, Peter Ramsey, Bob Perischetti
2019ParasiteBong Joon-ho
2020Palm SpringsMak Barbakow
2021The Mitchells vs. the MachinesMichael Rianda

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